the best movies of 2012

no ranking;at the end of the year there will be three final medals in gold,silver bronze ;-))same than last year..
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1.
The Ledge (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A police officer looks to talk down a young man lured by his lover's husband to the ledge of a high rise, where he has one hour to contemplate a fateful decision. (101 mins.)
Director: Matthew Chapman
“ starts slow,but speeds up into a thriller,masqued in the costume of a drama..the difficult question,if murder could-under extreme circumstances-be reasonable...and the question if one would die for his believes...great thriller-drama with highly emotional ending.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
2.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
“ typical modern genre-mix of social drama,thriller and coming of age-like story.intense,gripping,scary and in a superbe way minimalistic.one of the innerly calm works,similar to MONSTERS or KILL LIST..great! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
3.
The Ides of March (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ the pervert mechanisms of western capitalistic politics;its criminality,its social cruelness and its victims.In this case the US Democrats;brilliantly done by George Clooney and an EXTRAORDINARY and SUPERB cast..i think the Oscar knows,to where it is going.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
4.
War Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
“ I was afraid of TOO much Spielberg and too much family-fitting film.BUT it was a pleasure and a highly emotional experience to watch this.Okay,it definetely IS a bit of family-cinema,and YES,sometims it IS a bit soppy and surely a kind of..how can i say??...TOO MUCH pathos,perhaps..But hey,this is Spielberg,and what *beep* am I,if I am not able to let mainstream or family-cinema reach me,too??Then I am no film-fan,then I am against everything normal by profession,and that's stupid.No,sometimes it simply feels good to let yourself be carried away by his (unreachable) pictures...And THESE the film has....a LOT of pictures and images for your soul...´This is nervertheless a differented and highly detailed watch on WWI..The story is told in a thrilling and suspenseful way from diferent views(not only the "good" and winner's view of the British,but also from the "evil" and in this case not really evil side of the germans)..*SPOILER* It's definetely no film for kids,the war is pictured quiet gruesome and many of the protagonists die *SPOILER END*
But it' s simply perfect entertainment... ” - Pepper Baggins
 
5.
Tears of April (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
There is civil war in Finland. Between whites vs reds. A woman soldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to be executed. (115 mins.)
Director: Aku Louhimies
“ a gripping,intense and unstandable masterpiece from Finland;centers around love in times of war.brilliant,sad and powerful!! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
6.
King of Devil's Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom? (116 mins.)
Director: Marius Holst
“ Another one from scandinavia;this time norway.A very harsh,sad view on a correction house for boys between 11 and 17,in 1914.Told through the eyes of a newbie;a rebellious but righteous boy who wants to be a harpooneer (okay,may the whale-hunt be normal in norway,nevertheless the pictures of a whale hunt,dreamt of by him in his daydreams,are disgusting und unwatchable,the only minus-factor in this film).Dark blue pictures and reduced colours,as usual,make a cold movie,kept in perspective and as cold as the situations in this movie.But the atmosphere is very intense and it's possible to feel the snow and the shivering frost of the norwegian winter.Well done,a swirring view on inhuman justice. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
7.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
“ A detailed,strongly atmospheric and gripping historical drama..but the point is,that it's even the bit more of - typical Cronenberg-like- kind of pervert,filthy,horny little story of secret,unsaid and dirty things,centering around Sigmund Freud and C.G.Jung ” - Pepper Baggins
 
8.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ a nearly cruel film in his slow,slow-motion-like,action-free but nailbiting suspenseful plot.It reminds of a theatre play with only few people,but it doesn't need action,direct circumstances or explanations.Slow,intense,noiseless,intelligent and consequent in it's -rather senseable than optical-violence and sexuality..Brilliant,unidealistic view on the british (and therefore the worldwide)secret services.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
9.
Saluda al diablo de mi parte (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A former guerrilla is reluctantly drawn into the vengeance scheme of one of his victims. (90 mins.)
“ Dark and depressing,stunning brutal and making speechless as usual from Colombia.No mercy between the characters,no mercy with the audience,no mercy with the future of this state,seemingly rotten to it's inner core.But a jewel for all fans of high-class thrillers and of philosophing about humankind,vengeance and being selfish under special circumstances.Dark but brilliantly made and suspenseful ” - Pepper Baggins
 
10.
The Woman in Black (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ I expected merely optical and atmospherical shiver;less plot and less good acting..i ever loved the hammer films and their re-entry "wake woods" before 2 years pleased me much..okay,one prejudice was right:Daniel Radcliffe truly is of very limited talents concerning acting..but he doesn't waste too much of this lovely,classical and chilling ghost-movie..he fits into this trip of old-fashioned,classic images,old-british haunted-place-feelings and dark suspense...If you love old style-ghostmovies like "The Haunting","The Innocents" or especially "The Others" of 2001,you'll love this one..lean back,do not expect too much philosophy or logic,just feel the cold wind,the old staircases and the shining of the candles..Very good! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
11.
The Iron Lady (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
“ May we be of opponent opinion concerning Thatcher as a political person and her conservative,partly ruthless way to rule Britain with harsh decisions.May we find her clear way to use war as an intstrument to gain power for Britain too much and may we regard her brutality against her demonstrating population as simply wrong:
this is a true masterpiece.This film doesn't concentrate too much only on her political career or on her family..the film also does show a very special,sometimes a bit mysterical and bittersweet,melancholic feeling about past and memories..Beautiful!And Streeps performance-say,what you like-is the best female performance i saw in the last ten years..Better by far than Helen Mirren as the Queen.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
12.
In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed. (127 mins.)
Director: Angelina Jolie
“ Okay,i expected even MORE.And it's obvious,that the film is made by an american with lots of ambitious ideas,idealistic thoughts but less REAL empathy for this european tragedy.It's somehow a little bit naive,superficially and first of all it is striking.Perhaps a bit too lurid,perhaps a bit too stereotype messages,perhaps a bit too much hero-bosnians and the evil nazi-serbs.PERHAPS we,as Europeans,remember this war in a more quiet and horrid way,with images in our heads,that spoke merely for themselves..

Nevertheless this film is very good,very intense and contains one or two scenes,where even a hard-boiled thriller- and terrormovie-watcher like me crossed his own boundaries between self-control and unrestrained trauma while watching.Nevertheless one of 2012's best,if perhaps not a candidate for gold,silver & bronze at year's end.
Well done,Angelina.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
13.
The Awakening (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. (102 mins.)
Director: Nick Murphy
“ Dark,shadowy,classic,scary,eerie,full of suspense,quite shocking...not too surprsising,but for sure MORE surprising,than most thrillers nowadays.
Contains a lovely setting,a very classically gaunt atmosphere,contains a solid twist in the end and even some links to history,i.e.WWI.A bit sad,a bit lurking,a bit erotic and first of all packed with oustanding performances.Namely and before everybody else by beautiful Rebecca Hall and Imelda Staunton.

But what i liked most;no,what I LOVED most and what catapulted the film into my year's bests was it's unusual,unlikely end,even beyond it's own story twist.
GREAT!!! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
14.
A Heavenly Vintage (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage. (120 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
“ a calm,soft,tender,colourful and tasty film about wine,everybody's personal luck,death,love and destination.dreamlike sequences,fairytale-like style of storytelling,rich colours and a vast range of emotions are shown in this beautiful masterpiece.A journey through 19t century France,through wishes,heaven and hell of all humankind and an experience like a dance in warm rain.Watch it and love it.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
15.
Amer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... (90 mins.)
“ Not for it's story,not for it's actors..BUT for it's wonderful hommage to italian horror "giallo" films of the 60s and 70s (Mario Bava,Lamberto Bava,Dario Argento,Lucio Fulci;"Amer" is PERFECTLY made in this style),for it's wonderfully selected Music (Only selected of small,unknown films of the 70s with well known composers like Bruno Nicolais or Popstars like Adriano Celentano(!!!!))and nevertheless for it's soft,truly erotic pictures..Great!!!!! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
16.
Intruders (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. (100 mins.)
“ Very scary thriller,that deals with the fears,mental damages,boogeymans and hidden secrets out of nursery days as well as with the incompetence of psyhologists and the modern,catholic church(no wonder,it's mainly a spanish
production ;-))
In some scenes it frightens the black out of your thumbs and it contains a solid,good and quite surprising story twist.
Good,competent entertainment for a rainy evening.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
17.
The Moth Diaries (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret? (82 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Classical Vampire- and Ghost-motives mix up extraordinary with adolescent problems,friendship and lesbian aspects between teenage-girls..But don't worry:this is no pathetic,british chav- *beep* or ridicolous english youth-gang dirt with uppercool british hoodies,who saw EVERYTHING in their SO experienced and SO sophisticated 14 year-old-life,right after their first abortion(think of crap like "4..3..2..1","Sket","Demons never die" or,the emperor of all crap:"Shank"..)Here,a classical,quite,calm and old-fashioned structure is shown,that underlines the creepy atmosphere perfectly and that fits the topic " i know-evil-and-i-tell-everybody-but-nobody-believes-me" absolutely nice.Full of suspense and full of atmosphere..Very good.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
18.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ I was afraid of a pure teenage-popculture-youtube-Twillight-like disappointment.But the film is made and FILMED in a cool,reality-style way,mixed with bombastic scenes and deep emotions.Lawrence is a fantastic actress and the score is great.You'll like it,if you liked "Running Man","Gladiator" and "Lord of the Flies".. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
19.
The Living and the Dead (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In 1943, group of Croatian soldiers overtake a strategically important point in western Bosnia with a goal to destroy a group of communist partisans... (87 mins.)
Director: Kristijan Milic
“ Another one from the Balcans,I thought..During last years,these fims grew out of the soil, I thought..But THEN.....Claustrophpbic,dark,fate-ridden,scary,nemesistic,doomed,harsh,dark-brown-white-pictures,symbolic,anti-hating,cruel,desillusionating,full of the spirits of the past,calm,hopeless,ill-fated...BRILLIANT!!!!!(If you liked THE BUNKER,THE KEEP,DEATHWATCH,WARRIORS and BELOW,you'll like this film) ” - Pepper Baggins
 
20.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ An Action Film,which is no Action Film;a Mafia Flick,which definetely IS a Mafia Flick.Enriched by outstanding optical violence (think of Refns "Valhalla Rising"),this is a sick piece of sick story with lots of sick wankers doing sick things and deciding sick decisions..
Nobody here is to be liked,this film contains solely bastard antagonists and *beep* protagonists;even the harmless,lonely young mother with the little boy at her side is a stupid bitch who isn't able to do the right and correct things,she woluld have to..But this film is SO well crafted,SO great filmed and contains a SO superbe atmosphere,that at least for these aspects i chose him for my this year's favorite-list.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
21.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
“ Look into the Abyss;look into the ULTIMATE form of vengeance and look into a real pervert idea of a screenplay.Nevertheless brilliantly made,high-class,spanish,jet-set-like and expensive inscenated and scenographed cinema for real adolescents..erotic,dark,sizzling hot and surprising..love it and feel the tension of this masterpiece ” - Pepper Baggins
 
22.
India (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Heinzi Boesel and Kurt Fellner are two Austrian health inspectors forced to work together, traveling through Austria... (90 mins.)
Director: Paul Harather
“ It's old,it's Austrian (not German),it's strange and you HAVE not only to know the very special way of austrian filmmaking with its soulfoul,melancholic and flamboyant but rational and gentile attitude;you HAVE to know at least a bit about the very special people of Vienna,too.This bittersweet and wise masterpiece about life and,first of all,death,is the finest,most gentle and filigrane view into the souls of ordinary people,I've ever seen(at least since years).
Expect an absolute seemingly rational and boring story,which develops into a sad,bittersweet symphony of life,caring and friendship!!Great!!! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
23.
Half a Life (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As a young woman is found raped and slain, her father can't accept his daughter's death and neither that the murderer is never found. For half his life he is searching for the killer. (95 mins.)
“ Again:Austrian..I've seen SO much films about murders,serial murders,serial killers,profilers,guilt and conscience in my life...from EVERY country...believe me;I watch A LOT of films;perhaps between 400 and 500 every year...But THIS brilliant,quiet movie;a german/austrian co-production,is the BEST and most PROFESSIONAL interpretation of the topic pedophile/children-killer-/psychologic I could imagine...It doesn't take part PRO such bastards,that kill children(DEATH to them!!!),but it tries,to get a grip on their destroyed and disturbed psyche...WATCH IT!!! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
24.
Perfect Sense (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. (92 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
“ A stunning,careful film about love with the background of an epidemic sickness killing all human senses slowly..the mixture between a modern single-relationship-drama and a horror thriller like "Carriers" or "Contagion" is SUPERBE..The director manages to build up a soft,calm atmosphere which draws its caracters very intense and very human,as well as human behaviour when the epidemy increases and the symptomes get deeper and worse..
You will cry some tears perhaps,if you recognize yourself in some reactions of the main caracters.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
25.
The Pact (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. (89 mins.)
“ Scary,shivering one...See,HOW BRILLIANT some directors create a truly haunting atmosphere,a deeply frightening mood in a very routined made ghost movie..Limited to a very small space in a typical poor,L.A:-style black neighbourhood...Nothing scary about the environment but only the atmosphere works to scare you out of your couch..Okay,may the end be a bit predictable,because of that no 8 stars of ten,only 7...But according to atmosphere,music,setting,shock moments...great!! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
26.
The Monitor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After a baby monitor picks up another channel, Anna begins reliving the nightmare she'd recently escaped. (96 mins.)
Director: Pål Sletaune
“ I was SO surprised..I expected not much more than a nice,typical norwegian-style dark and depressing thriller..I watched it in a sneak preview and I must confess:GREAT!
It's a deeply sad mixture between psychological thriller,ghost flick and drama.If you like "The Orphanage","Narboer" and perhaps the films of Shyalaman,you'll love it.It carries you round between suspense,horror and sadness;in the end you deeply feel with the highly tormented protagonists...Watch it NOW!!
Warning: NO party flick,not easy to watch,not fast to watch,not for doing other things in the meantime..Concentrate on it,feel it..Otherwise you loose its depth.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
27.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ A shame,but I was only as late as this year able to see this true masterpiece.Part-time drama,action,horror and thriller,this movie - luckily - misses every second of stupid,glimmering and childish,japanese comic-atmosphere.This i a serious and deeply ambitioned,disturbing critic on modern society and on the way,we treat our children.Besides a fantastic soundtrack,collected out of classical strings and of different old-fashioned waltz,creates a famous,sarcastic and sad atmosphere,while watching the most important thing we have going to die: Children! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
28.
The Hidden Face (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Shattered by the unexpected news, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance. (97 mins.)
Director: Andi Baiz
“ I WANT EVERY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER LIKE T H I S FILM!!!
Nailbiting suspenseful,scary and with some good,unpredictable twists,this film is to be member of the group of perfect-made-thrillers..No Drama,no masterpiece and no movie of the century,but nothing less than a very very good crafted thriller..made in a stylish,old fashioned/european looking way and coming directly from Colombia... ” - Pepper Baggins
 
29.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (127 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
“ Fulminantly beginning,would the movie hold its beginning atmosphere it could have got 10 of 10 by me.But pittily after a while it drifts into a bit too much american family-cinema with soft boiled Peter Pan-Faeries and a bit too much of patriotism packed glory-scenes..I missed the american flags invading the muslim-fortress..
But nevertheless it is still a great,intense picture of fairytale and a bit of horror..And,not to forget:Charlize Theron IS ten of ten..DEFINETELY! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
30.
Asylum Blackout (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm. (85 mins.)
“ The hardest,most brutal and most violent stuff,I saw until now this year..Settled somewhere between horror,buddy-movie and,first of all,terror-thriller..the atmosphere is brilliant,spectacular because of being unspectacular..the music is directly reaching your fearful mind and the implicitness of violence,not too much light,not too much action;a nice twist,all in all:brilliant! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
31.
God Bless America (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. (105 mins.)
“ Asks correct questions and gives correct answers..ABSOLUTELY fitting,true and right view on perverted U.S.society(and much of the western culture at all),its high amounts of dull minds and crushed values,its lacking of careing about other countries,other people or even others at all;this film contains the right voice of the true humans in America,right critic on a dumb,brutal and violent system only basing on entertainment by being sadistic,superficially and numb.And nevertheless the making of such a film was overdue and is totally understandable. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
32.
Midnight Son (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The story of a young man called Jacob who is confined to a life of isolation, due to a very rare skin disorder... (88 mins.)
Director: Scott Leberecht
“ Doubtless the best vampire-movie of this year.Calmly made and without too much action or driving infliction,this is a very consequent and modern-thought view on the growing of a vampire,of his slow getting to know his abilities and boundaries and of a bloody but somehow soft solution in the end.These vampires here are consequently drawn children of our digitalized age,they are alone in social isolation in a glittering but uncareing world.Great photographed and with a brilliant,urban,electronic and dark score.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
33.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord. (128 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Hara-Kiri;this japanese masterpiece by Takashi Miike is made in the style of a japanese theatrepiece..Calm,with dark,quiet images and intellient dialogues;slowly inscenated,a wise story about poverty,arrogance and a critical view on japanese codes of honour. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
34.
Fear X (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder. (91 mins.)
“ Nicholas Winding Refn(for all you English native speakers:it is spoken REIGN,it's Danish)is one of my heroes..let's stay quiet about his originally danish works,like THE PUSHER..I didn't like them..But his films in the US or at least outside Denmark are-to me-quiet,calm,dark,eerie,intelligent,SUPERBLY sounded works of inner-looking by human beings,of structures between social beings and,nevertheless,of true violence..I am sure most of you didn't appreciate the (I confess ;-))highly disturbing and perhaps,to some of you,boring WALHALLA RISING;but I am sure as well,that most of you LOVED the congenial art-piece-film noir-resemblence/hommage DRIVER..
Here we have one of his early non-danish works FEAR X..All the attitudes I mentioned above are drawn in this small diamond here..2003 he was probing,was experiencing his possibilities and trying to draw his bigger-than-danish-dreams on a worldwide screen..And you will KNOW that this was a TRY in this film..The end could have been smarter,more explaining..but this is his first work in America..And you will FEEL his genious,if you watch it.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
35.
Cleanskin (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A British secret service agent is faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a British-born suicide bomber and his terrorist cell. (108 mins.)
Director: Hadi Hajaig
“ 80%:
good,British Action-flick with ambitions to be worldwide-counting and full of some kind of dramaturgic harshness,suspenseful,surprisingly violent and it mounts from minute to minute..for sure one of the best films on the so-called "war on terrorism" since Incendiary with Ewan McGregor..
19%:
Maybe some kind of message about the role of western democracies in this "war",we should think about..
1%:
Some scenes where you simply think YES!!! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
36.
The Raven (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. (110 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Eerie,scary,frightening,spooky...the perfect adaption of the atmosphere,E.A.Poe liked to create in his stories and poems..
A suspenseful serial killer-story and,nevertheless,a very nice crafted picture of the mid-19th century Baltimore.Leaves you with a satisfying and just end,where the audience gets it's revenge.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
37.
Chronicle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
“ I hate dumbass films like "Avengers" or "X-Men";these pieces are only crap.BUT there are a few,a VERY few surprises within this genre.
"Unbreakable" was such kind of surprise and "Hancock" alike..And here we have the mixture between the thought of drawing a superhero-pic from the normal,citizenlike view,to let go of the annoying costume-crap and to mix it up with the still fashionable Found Footage-Style.Okay,I am the biggest fan of the Found Footage-Thrillers;"Cloverfield" and "The last Exorcism" are among the best 500 films of all times.But here it is,believe it or not,made calm enough to do this kind of stuff realistic and unpompous enough to reach your mind the farer by the realistic allday-looking found footage-camera AND made flirry enough to get jus with this thougt of getting magic or superhero-like powers.AND it deals with the question what one should do with these powers.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
38.
The Tall Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children. (106 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ Hell;I expected MUCH!This is the last one by Pascal Laugier,the French director of MARTYRS;therefore a god to me.And I confess:I compared it to MARTYRS all the time watching.But,naturally,this is totally wrong.But hey,it's human to stuck into everybody's own cliches,isn't it??WHAT you get here FIRST is a good,fair thriller which crosses between Supernatural Jeepers-Creepers Horrorfilm,Serialkiller-Thriller and social drama.Until shortly before the climax I thought:Okay,nice,no:GOOD! but I confess once more:I was a bit disappointed by this good,but not SUPERBE plot.
BUT WHAT I GOT THEN,was by far a completely other thing than MARTYRS,but,in another way,GENIAL,bitter film with a true,important,controverse and rebellious question.
It has to be enough if I say:If we want to change things,we have to crack the system ” - Pepper Baggins
 
39.
Clean, Shaven (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a man suffering from schizophrenia is released from a mental institution, he attempts to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. (79 mins.)
“ Disturbing,intense;you feel pitty for the protagonist.Highly rational told story and IMO the best inscenation of a psychosis I've ever seen ” - Pepper Baggins
 
40.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ I AM ashamed that it took me until 2012 to watch this little diamond.
Before watching I thought this might be for grown up-girls,frustrated wives,queers and nostalgicians..But now I know,that this is a fine,carefully woven and great story around human tragedies,social surviving and the try to get a little luck inside the big,anonymus mass of stupid idiots,most of us are surrounded with..Nevertheless it is a highly entertaining picture of THE New Yorker..Great,wonderful,powerful,intelligent and difficile.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
41.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax. (117 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Evil,depressing,sad,brilliant and sometimes very erotic tale of a family's downfall..The spiral downwards consists of fear,empty promises,unseccessful tries and murder.At the end of this film I thought how lucky I can consider myself not to be member of SUCH a structure.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
42.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ I think everybody within the cineastic community has heard about the very special character of this piece.And you heard RIGHT..
May be,that you find this boring or childish if you are no Horror-Fan or if you do not like the cliches,connected to Horror-Films..But even then you may like it becaue of its being part of at least 3 or 4 different genres..VERY entertaining.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
43.
Guard No. 47 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A WW I veteran still haunted by his time in the trenches settles in a small town to work for the railroad company. His pretty wife attracts the attention of the lonely young gravedigger. (108 mins.)
Director: Filip Renc
“ I think nobody knows this not so little production of Czech Studio Barrandov.It is like the novels of Ödon von Horvath or Ludwig Ganghofer;emotionally deep-,bittersweet and brutally realistic.
Czechoslovakia shortly after WW I.A quiet,introverted railway-officer of the czech Train-lines lives in a small station-house aside the trail.
Haunted and ridden by his war-memories he isn't able to prevent his and his wife's lives from spiralling downwards;until th sad and logical ending.Brilliantly photographed and atmospheric to the bone,the main part is played by the great,widely underestimnated Karel Roden ” - Pepper Baggins
 
44.
The Debt (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them. (113 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ May I not be the biggest friend to the racketeering of the Mossad;is this film nevertheless absolutely a bright example for how to make historical secret agent-movies.GREAT!!!Intense,realistic drawing of the historical Eastern Berlin in the beginning of the 1960ies;self-critic and just pro and contra the israelian revenge on the hidden Nazi after the war,doesn't justify neither German war crimes nor Israelian post-war crimes.A fair message in a perfectly made secret agent-thriller/drama. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
45.
Red Lights (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away. (114 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
“ Discusses the topic of spiritual healing,of ghost sightings,psi-phenomena and supernatural powers in a smooth,nearly tender and intense way..Stylish as usual,if it comes from Spain and since years the first movie,where you can say that this is NOT unworthy according to the presence of HIM,of Robert de Niro(if you think of all the crap,de Niro made within the last years,this is very calming..) ” - Pepper Baggins
 
46.
Dark Shadows (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Contains EVERYTHING,a cult-loving Horror-Fan needs;brilliant Atmosphere and outstanding scenography.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
47.
Chained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Bob, a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his prey on the city streets alongside his reluctant protégé Tim, who must make a life or death choice between following in Bob's footsteps or breaking free from his captor. (94 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Lynch
“ Director Jennifer Lynch fulfills my hope for a terror-thriller with a POSITIVE ending;where the killer-scum gets his just punishment and the victim escapes..Nowadays these kind of movies are rare and i am sick of terror- or found footage moves,where the viewer's hate against the antagonist is built up more and more,but in the end is left alone with an AGAIN escaping killer-bastard,who is getting away easily with the most unimagenable brutalities...AND of course,EVERY sympathy-carrying character in the film is killed...
THIS film IS NOT in this style and this is GOOD...A must have for everyone who can't stand unhappy ends... ” - Pepper Baggins
 
48.
The Nightcomers (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms... (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ An old jewel;poorly I never was interested enough in this piece to watch it.Now I took my time to experience it in a quiet moment and I was absolutely flashed.If you know THE TURN OF THE SCREW,if you love it (like I do it for myself)and if you are familiar with the very finest details,you will get your A-HAA experiences throughout this masterly work.You will know WHY the housekeeper is such a dumb and naive-looking old woman in the "main"-movie and why she seems to forgive EVERYTHING,the children do.You will know WHY
Ms.Jessel's Ghost often appears at the lakeside and you will know WHY the belltower of the Bligh-House Estate is of such importance to the story.
Furthermore the film is packed with wise conclusions,is of stunning brutality and sexuality due to his time(but who knows Michael Winner won't be surprised ;-)and contains very forwardlooking views on raising and educating children connected with the consequences of the things you tell them.Brilliant! ” - Pepper Baggins
 
49.
The Day (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A group of five people working to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic future discover what they think is a safe, abandoned farmhouse, but they soon find themselves fighting to stay alive as a gang of bloodthirsty predators attack. (87 mins.)
“ Dark and action-packed.Negative to the core and to the VERY last minute.But an ultimately consequent view on humantity and it's reckless,savage soul.A mercyless truth about how the pool of filth,called humanity,REALLY is...Absolutely worth watching,but don't expect ANYTHING positive. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
50.
Excision (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. (81 mins.)
“ I can't really say,that I LIKED this strange and otherworldly variety of teenage-mobbing-amok-thriller.But at least,and in this case,AT LEAST is A LOT,for the SUPERBE performance of AnnaLynne McCord everybody should watch this pasterpiece.Believe me,her skills in masking and taking over a completely different person than her real-life-image are by FAR more than most of her colleagues and,to me,places her near the early Robert de Niro(in Raging Bull or Taxi Driver).Her acting talents are extraordinary and I see her in a bright future. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
51.
A Royal Affair (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
“ INTENSE
EROTIC
MODERN
HISTORIC
and
LOVING DETAILS...

BRILIANTLY MADE
and
BRILLIANT Actors.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
52.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ A very well done Picture,a perfect journey into the late 70ies,a gripping moment in history and,again,a superbe crafted masterpiece by Mr.Affleck. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
53.
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ The Decay of the American dream,the violence in a violent nation and the dream of the average,little man to fulfill happiness in his life.
Highly critical on post-Bush America,great mixture between social drama and action-movie.Demasking the USA as what it is: rotten.. ” - Pepper Baggins
 
54.
Into the White (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside. (104 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
“ Beautiful,human,warm-hearted,takes you to a pure Christmas-mood ” - Pepper Baggins
 
55.
The Possession (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. (92 mins.)
Director: Ole Bornedal
“ The PERFECT Ghost-Thriller,cool,stylish,european-calm and high classy.Reminds of spanish or south-korean cinema(not the average stupid U.S.stuff.Even if it IS partly american made) ” - Pepper Baggins